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Christer Fuglesang

The First Swede in Space

Fourteen years after being picked to go into space, Sweden’s first astronaut, Christer Fuglesang, has launched into orbit.

Fuglesang and his six crewmates on the space shuttle Discovery lifted from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 8:47 PM local time Saturday night.

The launch was broadcast live on two national Swedish television channels, as well as on Swedish Radio. The authorities here are hoping the first Swede in space will insire Swedish children to study science.

Fuglesang, the first person to train for both the Soviet and American space programs, will be taking part in three space walks when then shuttle reaches the International Space Station.

He and a crewmate will be rewiring the ISS to install a permanent electrical system.

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